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Film Studies (MA)

Master of Arts
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

About this course

Learn the history and theory of film and gain a global perspective on cinema on this MA Film Studies master's degree at the University of Southampton. On this course you’ll develop in-depth knowledge of the most influential theories and approaches to understanding film. You’ll also find out about the latest debates and concerns around the industry.

This MA in film studies will give you the chance to examine the evolution of cinema and develop your own analytical skills. 

You’ll gain valuable insights into the movie industry, looking at everything from film theory to current issues in film distribution. 

You'll also benefit from: 

  • being taught by expert academics with an international reputation  
  • regular talks from industry professionals and acclaimed film scholars 
  • a flexible approach that allows you to pursue your own areas of interest 

With the practical and theoretical skills you learn, you’ll be in a great position to move into a career in the arts or media. 

Southampton is ranked 3rd in the UK for film in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Ruby Cheung, Associate Professor in Film Studies. Dr Cheung is an internationally recognised specialist in contemporary Hong Kong cinema, Chinese-language film industries and film festivals, and has published her research widely in these areas. Visit her staff profile to find out more about this work.

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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